The Bread of Breath

a loaf of bread

Bread has long symbolized sustenance and nourishment. The idea of ‘breaking bread together’ is about collective sustenance, and nourishment for, indeed, we are intimately connected to the collective, and it to us. And yet, as an old goat once bleated, ‘we can live without food for weeks maybe months, without water for days maybe weeks, but we cannot live without breath for more than a few seconds to minutes. Breath is the bread of life, and the bread of breath is that mysterious animating energy, beyond conception, itself invisible, untouchable, unknowable, and, yet, without which we cease to exist.

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